The International Broadcast Centre in Paris – the heart of all broadcast operations at UEFA EURO 2016 – opened on Monday, offering state-of-the-art coverage of a month-long festival of football.
The opening ceremony was attended by France’s minister of state for sports Thierry Braillard, Paris’s deputy mayor in charge of sport and tourism, Jean-François Martins, and EURO 2016 SAS president, Jacques Lambert, who were also given a tour of the centre.
Television signals from the ten venues in France will be delivered to the IBC for distribution to all UEFA broadcast partners. Footage of the 51 matches at UEFA EURO 2016 will then be transmitted across the globe as part of the state-of-the-art coverage of European national-team football’s premium event.
The IBC is located at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition complex in the 15th arrondissement of the French capital, and provides some 17,000 square metres of internal and external space. It houses technical, production and transmission facilities, such as TV studios, production areas, edit suites and offices, and is also the home of Livex, UEFA’s content distribution platform. Some 40 broadcasters will be based on site at the IBC.
UEFA Host Broadcast is responsible for supplying broadcast partners with live signals of all matches from UEFA EURO 2016 and all additional programming and services – bringing fans even closer to the tournament, the cities and the players.
Jacques Lambert, EURO 2016 SAS president
“In some ways, this is the kick-off of EURO 2016. The IBC will be a key element of the tournament – it will set the tone, the voice and colour of this competition, bringing together an array of the best broadcasters around the world.”
For full details on the opening of the IBC read the original article at UEFA.org.
With the latest UEFA People competition, we’re offering you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend two nights in Paris, where you will get to shadow your professional counterpart at UEFA and watch Northern Ireland v Germany at UEFA EURO 2016. You will also get to visit the brand new International Broadcast Centre and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Parc des Princes stadium.
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